Refuse, recycling and yard waste collection is performed by an outside contractor, GFL Environmental, and is administered through the Department of Public Service's office. GFL Environmental may be reached at:
 GFL Environmental
 6200 Elmridge
 Sterling Heights, MI 48313
 Phone: 866-772-8900

General Regulations

Refuse is collected once each week. Collections occur between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Please have all refuse placed at the curb, in front of the residence after 5:00 p.m. the night before your collection day or by 7:00 a.m. that morning. Under no circumstances should refuse be put out at the curb more than 14 hours prior to collection day. Emptied containers must be removed from the curb as soon as possible after collection.

Please note that:
  • The refuse collector is not allowed to reach into any container to dislodge contents.
  • The weight of any refuse bag or bundled item cannot exceed 40 pounds (yard waste containers cannot exceed 50 pounds) and trash containers must be packaged according to the type of refuse.
  • Undersized containers (20 gallons and under) will be considered expendable and may be thrown out with the regular rubbish.
  1. Holiday Interruptions

    When a holiday falls on a weekday, collection for the remaining days of the week will be delayed one day. View a list of these holidays.

  2. How to Package Different Types of Refuse

    Find out how to property prepare different types of refuse, such as yard waste, brush, and regular garbage, for curbside collection.

  3. Leaf Collection Help

    The large number of trees in Royal Oak makes leaf collection a major task. Since the schedule is very tight, we need all the help we can get from our residents.

  4. Refuse Collection Area Schedule

    View a refuse collection schedule for different service areas.

  5. Tentative 2016 Curbside Leaf Collection Schedule

    View the tentative 2016 Curbside Leaf Collection Schedule.